As reported by Guitar World, legendary Pink Floyd guitarist and singer David Gilmour is putting numerous items from his personal guitar collection up for auction through Christie’s. The sale will take place in New York City on June 20th, with all sales proceeds benefitting charitable causes.
Comprising more than 120 guitars, the collection focuses on a selection of Fender Broadcasters, Esquires, Telecasters and Stratocasters. The sale will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction.
“These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it’s now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I’ll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!”
Here are two guitars that will be there:
1969 Black Fender Stratocaster (Estimate: $100,000-$150,000)
“Purchased in 1970 at Manny’s on West 48th Street in New York City. ‘The Black Strat’ quickly became Gilmour’s primary performing and recording instrument for the next 15 years and it was extensively modified to accommodate his evolving style and performance requirements.
“The guitar was played on ‘Money,’ ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ and the legendary solo on ‘Comfortably Numb.’ It was key to the development of the Pink Floyd sound and was instrumental in the recording of landmark albums such as ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973), ‘Wish You Were Here’ (1975), ‘Animals’ (1977) and ‘The Wall’ (1979).
“The guitar can also be heard on solo albums including ‘David Gilmour’ (1978), ‘About Face’ (1984), ‘On an Island’ (2006) and ‘Rattle That Lock’ (2015).”
1954 White Fender Stratocaster (estimate: $100,000-$150,000)
“Gilmour used the guitar on ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Parts Two and Three),’ as well as onstage.